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Monti satisfied, says will have influence after vote

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Rome, February 25 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario
Monti said on Monday that he was satisfied even though his
reform ticket failed to make a big impact in Italy's general
election.
His ticket, which is backed by centrist parties, looked set
to scrape into the Senate with around 9% of the vote, according
to partial results.
It appeared on course to do a little better in the House,
winning just over 10% of the votes.
"Some people hypothesized a result that was slightly
better, but I am very satisfied," said former Eurepean
commissioner, who stressed that his Civic Choice movement was
established less than two months ago.
He added that his party's share of the vote was all the
more important as the election was set to produce an
inconclusive result, with no coalition able to command a
majority in the Senate.
"Given the current picture, I think we have acquired even
more importance, if that's possible," said Monti, who took the
helm of an emergency government of unelected technocrats when
Silvio Berlusconi was forced to resign as premier in November
2011 with Italy's debt crisis threatening to spiral out of
control.
His technocrat government's austerity policies helped steer
Italy out of the financial crisis but they also deepened the
recession.
During the election campaign, Berlusconi frequently accused
Monti of being too compliant in agreeing to implement austerity
measures expounded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Pier Ferdinando Casini, the leader of the centrist Catholic
UDC that backed Monti, could not see things so positively as the
outgoing premier.
"In life you win and you lose," Casini said.
"Our result was below expectations. Honour to the winners".
Another member of the coalition, House Speaker Gianfranco
Fini, was even more downbeat about the vote and its
consequences.
"It's impossible to hide the fact that this is a totally
negative result for us," said Fini, the leader of the FLI party.
"I'm afraid that the worst is yet to come for Italy".

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